Mother’s Day Pavlova

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Show your appreciation with a luscious pavlova topped with soft vanilla custard, sweet lemon balm pesto, sun-kissed strawberries and raspberries as well as spectacular spring blossom. I should work in copywriting, shouldn’t I? Pavlova: Whisk 2 egg whites and 30 g caster sugar until white. Add 70 g caster…

Heirloom carrot roses on a hazelnut crust 💚

My first dish for the Food Blog Challenge organized by Foodblogs Schweiz is a tasty pie consisting of a really short hazelnut crust filled with creamy goat cheese and topped with roses of naturally sweet heirloom carrots. Start with the crust. Cream 200 g butter. Add 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp…

Multi-seed crispbread 🌱

I grew up on crispbread – or knäckebröd as it’s called in Swedish. Crispbread used to accompany all our meals. At home and in school. And that’s probably why I still prefer crispbread to ordinary bread. Mix 1 dl cracked rye flour with 1 dl pumpkin seeds, 1 dl sesame seeds and 1 dl chia…

Chocolate cake

Today, we’ve celebrated my baby girl’s fifth birthday. She’s an amazing kid. Always up for a laugh. Childishly witty. Full of great ideas. Extremely cuddlesome. A bundle of joy, really. A perfect girl deserves a perfect cake for her birthday. And what suits that occasion better than a cake chosen the best chocolate cake in…

Pepparnötter (Peppernuts)

My past week has been so incredibly busy. Privately and professionally. I have barely had any time for blogging. Am I the only one thinking: “Why does Christmas have to be so stressful?”. As of today, there will be no more stress. We are leaving Switzerland to spend the holidays in Finland’s winter wonderland. Time…

Halloween cupcakes 👻

Halloween and whimsicality are synonymous, right? So whimsical cookery is quite natural at All Saints’ Eve. My girls and I went for quirky ghost cupcakes this year. Funny to make and a joy to devour. Beat 2 eggs, 200 g brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Gradually add 100 g melted butter, 180 g…

Pumpkin cake

Spicy pumpkin cake with gooey dulce de leche and tart sour cream – a harmony of tastes. Bake the cake well in advance, as the spices will continue to infuse the cake and intensify the flavor over time. Delicious and easy as pie (although it’s cake). Bake the pumpkin cake as the carrot cake but…

Grape and orange mirror glaze cake

Aren’t mirror glaze cakes stunning? Intricate layers of different textures, precise temperatures and an ultra-shiny appearance. Simply mesmerizing. Through Olga Noskova’s amazing showmanship, this old-school French technique is currently experiencing a revival. My cake encompasses a vibrant, orange and bitter orange flavored, purple grape jelly inside a feather-light orange mousse on a juicy coconut sponge…

Bilberry muffins

My girls L O V E bilberry muffins. And they L O V E helping me bake them. Years ago, I found a great recipe in Louise Pickford’s book al fresco. I’ve slightly modified it, but the idea remains the same: Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, combine and add the berries. As simple…

Apple oatmeal crisp

Autumn is harvest season! And our lovely neighbors were kind enough to share their harvest with us. Wonderful, tart Gravenstein apples straight from the tree. With a little help from my girls, the apples transformed into a delicious oven dish in the twinkling of an eye. Peel and slice 1 kg Gravenstein (or other tart…

Carrot cake

“Carrot cake, carrot cake, have ye any nuts? The carrot cake contains… no nuts.” Oh, how I appreciate Little Britain. Almost as much as I appreciate the nut-free carrot cake served in my favorite café Farmors Café on Högsåra, Finland. It’s moist and spicy and soft and tart. All at the same time. My recipe…

Quiche with Herrgård cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes

Did you know that the word Quiche originates from the German word Kuchen meaning cake? And that this savory, open pie with an egg and cream custard filling is rather of German than of French origin? No? Me neither. Well, enough trivia for today. Instead, let’s focus on this quiche with a taste of sweet…

Mirabelle, plum and damson flaugnarde

Twelve years ago, I had this amazing French dessert for the first time. In a small restaurant in Paris. And the dish has followed me ever since. This oven pancake with stone fruits or drupes (other than black cherries, since that by definition would turn it into a clafoutis) is fluffy and soft at the…

Two-ingredient chocolate cake with one-ingredient coconut ice cream

What’s your take on all those lifehack recipes online? I feel curious about them, to be honest. Curious enough to test them. And today, I tested the 2-ingredient Chocolate Cake by Tasty containing only chocolate and eggs. Was it a disaster? Was it a success? At first bite, I was not completely convinced, I must…

Herbal focaccia

My girls love focaccia. I usually make it of bough leftover pizza dough. But the dough is actually really simple. Even a baker apprentice like me will manage. Solve 21 g yeast (half a package) in 3.5 dl lukewarm water. Add a pinch of sugar, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs, 2 tbsp…

Birthday number cake

Today, my big one turns six. It feels like she was a baby yesterday. I still remember holding her in my arms for the first time. She was so tiny and totally dependent on me. Now, she’s a big girl, who can cook risotto with a little help and ride the bus all by herself….

Strawberry cake

Strawberries, especially served as a cake, are an integral part of Midsummer. These portion cakes consist of crisp waffle cups, soft vanilla pudding and sun-warm strawberries. A taste of summer. Start with the vanilla pudding. Mix 4 dl milk, 50 g brown sugar, 4 tbsp corn starch, 3 egg yolks and the seeds of one…

Elderflower tart with meringue topping 🌱

I love experimental cooking – and baking, obviously. In particular, when the result turns out delicious. This vegan tart is a combination of the lately so popular crystal clear pumpkin pie and a very traditional lemon curd pie, with which I strongly associate a meringue topping. Crust: Blend 1.5 dl whole grain wheat flour, 1…

Berries • Vanilla • Verbena • Flowers

Spongy rose water cakes with a soft creamy filling and a fresh berry topping. That sounds delicious, right? My initial plan was to combine the pudding and berries with crunchy honey meringues, though. Mini pavlovas for dessert. Meringues need a long oven time, so I started preparing them early this morning. And left them in…

Lamb sponge cake for your Easter fika

Are you familiar with the concept of fika? Fika is a Swedish noun and verb standing for a quality time break to consciously escape from whatever you are doing at that moment. During fika, you enjoy a hot beverage of your choice preferably with baked goods. This super moist sponge cake is a perfekt fit…